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Education Program


Two webinars organized by the PSAC Social Justice Fund on November 26 and December 15

1. Stories from Guatemala – English webinar on Thursday, November 26, 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation about what PSAC members are doing to advance social justice at home and around the globe and the connection between injustices in Canada and Guatemala.  Find out more about the Social Justice Fund and why it is important to PSAC, and learn why worker education and exchanges are essential to promoting solidarity amongst workers globally.

For more info and to register, visit the PSAC national website: http://psacunion.ca/stories-guatemala-join-our-social-justice-fund?

2. Labour Solidarity Across Borders – French webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation on what PSAC members are doing to advance climate justice in Canada and around the world, and on the connection between injustices in Canada, Guatemala and Chile. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the Social Justice Fund and why it matters for PSAC and why education and worker-to-worker exchanges are critical to promoting solidarity.

For more info and to register, visit the PSAC national website: http://psacunion.ca/labour-solidarity-across-borders-join-our-social

Union training is all virtual this fall

Since PSAC has postponed all major activities and cancelled all in-person meetings until at least January 2021, union education in the region will be completely online this fall.

We are developing new tools that allow us to offer virtual training from your computer or tablet, but these tools are ready yet. That is why we cannot post a full fall schedule as we normally would.

We are currently offering two webinars in November that are open for registration:

  • Return to the workplace: What to consider on November 19 in English and November 17 in French; and
  • How to organize a virtual meeting with your local on November 30 in English and November 23 in French.

Please note that in order to participate in our webinars or online courses, you will need to have access to a computer or tablet connected to the internet. Unfortunately, it is not possible to participant using a landline or smartphone as we will be sharing documents and interactive websites and this is only possible on a computer (the ideal tool) or tablet.

Self-directed online courses will be posted on these pages as they become available.

Click on "Course Listings" on the button above or on the course name on your right to register now.

We continue to expand our range of courses and webinars. Our goal is to reinvent union education and offer new ways to better serve you.


Our purpose

The overall purpose of the PSAC Education Program is to build the capacity among members to reflect and act, to shift the balance of power towards justice in the workplace and society.

The Education Committee plays an active role in developing the PSAC-NCR Education Program and the triennial education plan. The Committee discusses union education needs, determines how the regional should best respond to these needs and finds ways of engaging members through union education.

Interested in helping to do this important work? Join us! Send an email to the Education Committee.

Our courses

Union education in the National Capital Region is spread on three semesters: winter (January to April), spring (May and June) and fall (September to December).   

Our core program includes: Talking Union Basics (TUB), Grievance Handling, Local Officers, Health and Safety, and Human Rights related education.

For further informaton, see menu items above or on the right-hand column.

How to register?

To register, click on this link (or click the "course listing" button above) and select the course you want to attend. For each course, you will find a link to register online.

Should you have difficulties registering online, contact the PSAC Regional Office in Ottawa or Gatineau.

Why union education?

  • To engage with other members. Whether you want to become an activist or you want to find out more about your union, you will find a place where you can engage with others who have similar values, form networks and be inspired to participate in collective action . 
  • To equip yourself to represent others. You have a right to practical tools. Members need the knowledge, skills and attitudes that can make them effective and strategic in their interventions in the workplace, the labour movement and the broader society. Members (active or not) also need to be equipped with the basics about how their union operates, so they can participate easily and effectively.
  • To expand your union experience. Your union is a window into the world of social justice. A necessary part of education is to move all members beyond their comfort zones, current range of interests and networks. The willingness to be “stretched” is a key to real transformation.
  • To energize yourself or help energize others. Members can get discouraged. Given the state of the world, the slowness of change both inside and outside the union, and the weight of arbitrary employer actions, the education program should be a place of renewal and encouragement.

If you want to know more about our program, read the 2019-2021 NCR Education Plan.